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UPDATE: Retirement dump fire contained

Monday, May 20, 2019

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Acting Assistant Commissioner in charge of Area 4 for the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Dolfin Doeman, says more than 10 trucks are currently being used to dump soil on a section of the Retirement dump in St James, following a fire which began early this morning.

Speaking to OBSERVER ONLINE a short while ago, Doeman confirmed that the fire has been contained.

“There is fire there. There is no flaming just smouldering so it is producing quite a bit of smoke. Quite a bit of the fire has been put out but operation is continuing. What is happening now is covering of the area with soil. So we have trucks that are transporting covering material in and tractors working with the actual covering up of the area,” he said.

He said although dumping operation is currently taking place, fire-fighters will move in later today following excavating work to apply water to a difficult area of the dump.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

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